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Bohemian Cats [Hardcover]

Karen Mahony , Alex Ukolov

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Book Description

Sept. 1 2004
An exquisitely illustrated picture book for all lovers of cats, costumes and the gently bizarre. Bohemian Cats invites readers into a fantastical world where gorgeously-dressed cats go about their business in a lavishly theatrical setting of castles, baroque gardens, banqueting halls and masquerade balls. Beautifully produced, the book features eighty full-color detailed illustrations, and includes four panoramic pull-out spreads.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Magic Realist Press (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954500741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954500740
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #982,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual feast for children and cat-lovers Jan. 7 2005
By Marion Gropen - Published on Amazon.com
I can't say enough good things about this book! I have recommended it to everyone who has presents to buy for children or cat-lovers. This sumptuous book combines costume drama with art while having a plot line that is mild enough for children, yet with undertones that adults will enjoy. The art, like many of the subtleties of the text, are probably over the heads of many youngsters, but they will love what they do "get."

This book can be read aloud to pre-schoolers (my 4 year old loved it), or handed to older readers. Unlike many read-aloud books, this one can hold the adult's interest, too.

The art involves taking many pictures, of setting, costume and cats, and then super-imposing them upon each other. The illustrators then adjusted the pictures so that they look more like baroque paintings, and added fillips of whimsy.

I see good books and bad as a reviewer; the bad I reject, but their effects can linger. This one is a gem, and thank goodness for it. It was a joy to read, and it's a treat to be able to recommend it to you.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute "must-have" for true ailurophiles Jan. 7 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
The collaborative work of Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov, Bohemian Cats is a wondrous storybook, with text simple enough to be accessible to children yet so fantastic that it is sure to appeal to all ages. Every page of this stunningly delightful fairy tale features charming, full-color, photographic illustrations of rambunctuous felines who ruled a distant land called Bohemia. No live cats were harmed or even inconvenienced in the making of Bohemian Cats, which applies digital technology to photographs of cats and environments to create the lustrous, puss-n-boots style images of felines in royal garb. An absolute "must-have" for true ailurophiles, and a dazzling treasure to simply page through.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Gift Nov. 19 2004
By Zachary Ferrell - Published on Amazon.com
A beautiful picture book for cat lovers of all ages, BOHEMIAN CATS is sure to become a classic, not only for its precious design and exquisite illustrations, but for its hilarious, fantastical, often absurd story. Made "on location" using historical settings in the Czech Republic as a backdrop, Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov have written a wonderful new fairy tale that tells of a time when cats ruled the kingdom of Bohemia. As the book jacket promises, after reading BOHEMIAN CATS, your own feline companions will never look the same again!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Grand Catdom of Bohemia Oct. 30 2006
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
"Not too long ago, but most definitely before you were born, the world was quite a different place. In a distant land called Bohemia, Cats ruled over all: good King Furr governed with a firm but kind paw, Court Scientist Sir Walter Whisker wrote papers on `The Human--myth or reality?' Prince Scratch strolled the lush gardens dreaming of his future reign, and of course, Lady Purrla though herself the most beautiful kitty at the ball." - From the book

Courtyards and libraries, ballrooms and gardens, lavishly costumed felines parade about in the enchanted world of Bohemian Cats. In this Catdom, The Human inspires whispers and speculation, for the hairless, tailless ones are mostly the stuff of legend (and puppets!).

King Furr's favorite bird has gone missing. Believing it to be stolen, King Furr charges Sir Walter Whisker--Court Scientist and occasional alchemist--to find the household pet. While housecats also scurry to find the missing bird, King Furr throws a costume ball to catch the bird thief red-pawed. "I haven't seen you in seven lives!" one feline exclaims. "Who did your fur?" asks another.

Gilded chariots and majestic steeds, ornate sitting rooms and exquisite architecture--these and cats of various color and temperament exist in the magical world of Bohemian Cats.

Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov, founders of baba studio in Prague, spin a fanciful tale of absurdity, intrigue, and romance. A hardcover book featuring panoramic pullouts, a gold ribbon bookmark, and beautiful photography, Bohemian Cats will satisfy the cravings of collectors of all things feline, as well as cat lovers of all ages. Enthusiasts of the Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot will no doubt enjoy this book, for many cats that grace that deck also make an appearance in Bohemian Cats! Interestingly a few of the cards from the deck also make an appearance in this book, lying strewn on the floor while Prince Scratch, resident party animal, sleeps late.

My only misgiving about this book--and it is only a slight one--is that the story seemed a bit forced, as if the tale was constructed around existing images (perhaps already created for the Tarot deck?). I don't know which came first--the deck or the book--but since I reviewed the deck before the book, this was my impression as I read this whimsical Bohemian Cats.

Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (coming Fall 2008 from Hampton Roads Publishing)
5.0 out of 5 stars better than the cards Feb. 18 2014
By Susan Jane Rudich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I had found out that there was a tarot deck with Bohemian cats. Unfortunately it was out of print. Then looking through Amazon's selection of cat books I discovered that the authors had published a book using the type of illustrations found on the cards. This is better tan the cards because each picture is much more detailed. The use of real photographs of cats collaged onto their detailed illustration is pure genius. I really love it.

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